Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 45.39
Liaison Holli Fajack
Submission Date July 6, 2017
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STARS v2.1

California State University, Long Beach
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Holli Fajack
Sustainability Manager
Office of Sustainability, Beach Building Services
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Does the institution have an ongoing program or programs that offer incentives for faculty in multiple disciplines or departments to develop new sustainability courses and/or incorporate sustainability into existing courses?:

A brief description of the program(s), including positive outcomes during the previous three years (e.g. descriptions of new courses or course content resulting from the program):
The Green Thread Workshop is a training program designed to help faculty learn methods for connecting sustainability themes and ideas to core concepts in their own disciplines. The hands-on workshop brings together engaged faculty members from diverse disciplines to explore ways to enhance student understanding of the interconnectedness of environmental, social, and economic issues and concepts. Faculty from all disciplines are encouraged to participate. Faculty are asked to come to the workshop with a specific course in mind that they would like to enhance, modify, or in some cases, create. Integration of sustainability concepts and learning outcomes into courses is demonstrated through the inclusion of explicit language in the course syllabus and/or Standard Course Outline. Courses which meet this threshold are then eligible to be included on the list of CSULB Sustainability Course offerings. To date, more than 65 faculty representing every college at the university have participated in the program, which has resulted in more than 25 courses being created or modified to include sustainability concepts and learning outcomes.

A brief description of the incentives that faculty members who participate in the program(s) receive:
Participation in the Green Thread Workshop is offered for free to all faculty. The full-day training includes breakfast and lunch and each participant receives a resource handbook that is theirs to keep. Successful creation or modification of a course to include or focus on sustainability results in recognition for the faculty member via inclusion of their course on the official Sustainability Course list and, eventually, will offer the opportunity to participate in a sustainability minor or pathway program.

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